Rev. Stephen Stahley

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About Rev. Stephen Stahley

Reverend Stephen Stahley is a married Catholic priest who currently resides in Ranson, West Virginia (near Harpers Ferry). He officiates weddings for couples who are seeking a ceremony that embodies the sacred and transcendent dimension of our common human experience. While Rev. Stahley is comfortable using the Catholic format for the wedding ceremony, his highest priority is working with each couple to structure a service that reflects their aspirations and goals for the wedding ceremony. Rev. Stahley prides himself on respecting and honoring all couples, including those in the LGBT community. He is happy to devote the time and energy that is needed by each couple to plan a wedding ceremony that is joyful and sacred, and as beautiful and stress-free as possible. Rev. Stahley has performed weddings at both indoor and outdoor venues across the nation.

Experience

Rev. Stephen Stahley was ordained a Catholic priest in 1978 as a member of a religious order, the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. He served parishes in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. In 1988, Rev. Stahley resigned from the active priesthood and married his wife, Lisa. They have two children who are now in their mid-twenties. After a long career with the Montgomery County (Maryland) Government, Rev. Stahley retired from public service and now devotes himself to a wide range of ministerial duties. In 2003, at the request of his large, extended, Irish Catholic family in Philadelphia, Rev. Stahley affiliated with an organization of married priests--CITI Ministries, Inc. (Celibacy Is The Issue)--in order to officiate family weddings. His affiliation with CITI Ministries quickly led to other wedding requests and over the past 16 years, Rev. Stahley has officiated at over 200 weddings in Maryland and nine other states and Washington, DC. Rev. Stahley is also involved in other ministries including hospice work, visiting the sick, conducting funerals, counseling, and celebrating Mass for an LGBT community in Washington, DC.

Services Offered
While Reverend Stahley specializes in Catholic-themed weddings, he has officiated at a wide range of religious, non-religious and interfaith wedding ceremonies. Additionally, he has performed civil unions and vow renewals. While many couples prefer to go with established vow and ring formats, Rev. Stahley is happy to work with couples who want to write their own vows and/or add their own special elements to the wedding ceremony. His ceremony package includes a rehearsal to ensure your wedding service is beautiful and perfect. If you are affiliated with a specific religion, Reverend Stahley will be glad to work with you in developing a ceremony that reflects the beauty and significance of your tradition. Since 2003, Rev. Stahley has performed weddings which have included members of the following traditions:

  • Agnostic
  • Baptist
  • Catholic
  • Episcopalian
  • Islamic
  • Jewish
  • Methodist
  • Pagan
  • Quaker
  • Unitarian
  • Anglican
  • Buddhist
  • Earth-Based
  • Hindu
  • Jainism
  • Lutheran
  • Non-denominational
  • Presbyterian
  • Taoist
Chris & Jake in MD 2014
Chris & Jake in MD 2014
hope mike 2014
Rev. Stephen Stahley
Katyana & Paul exchange vows  2014 Florida
Katyana & Paul exchange vows 2014 Florida
Susan & Karen's wedding May 2014 Maryland
Susan & Karen's wedding May 2014 Maryland
Cathy and Adam in 2005 Maryland
Cathy and Adam in 2005 Maryland
Marc & Ochoo Sept 2016 Maryland
Marc & Ochoo Sept 2016 Maryland
Nadine and Alfred in 2015 Pennsylvania
Nadine and Alfred in 2015 Pennsylvania
Odile & Tom take their vows in 2011
Odile & Tom take their vows in 2011
Dave & Daphne in 2014 Maryland
Dave & Daphne in 2014 Maryland
Melissa & Joe 2005 Maryland
Melissa & Joe 2005 Maryland
Jen and Ron's wedding on the beach at Ocean City, NJ in 2012
Jen and Ron's wedding on the beach at Ocean City, NJ in 2012
Eugene and Chris 2005 Maryland
Eugene and Chris 2005 Maryland
Julie & Stewart in Sept. 2014
Julie & Stewart in Sept. 2014
Officiating for Bill and Charlene in 2004 Virginia
Officiating for Bill and Charlene in 2004 Virginia
Jim & Diane in 2006
Jim & Diane in 2006
Walking with Mike 2014
Walking with Mike 2014
Mike & Hope light the unity candle 2014
Mike & Hope light the unity candle 2014
Chris & Lauren 2007
Chris & Lauren 2007
Stacie Ann & Barrett 2005 Maryland
Stacie Ann & Barrett 2005 Maryland
Katyana & Paul 2014
Katyana & Paul 2014
Paul & Katyana
Paul & Katyana
final blessings paul katiana 2014
Rev. Stephen Stahley
With my nephew Ian 2015
With my nephew Ian 2015
Jillian & Ian 2015
Jillian & Ian 2015
Jess and Chris 2012
Jess and Chris 2012
With Chris 2012 in MD
With Chris 2012 in MD
amy william oct 2016
Rev. Stephen Stahley
Summer & Andrew 2018 Baltimore
Summer & Andrew 2018 Baltimore
Blessing Summer & Andrew
Blessing Summer & Andrew
Mare & Matt 2012 in DC
Mare & Matt 2012 in DC
Ochoo and Matt 2016
Ochoo and Matt 2016
Susan & Karen 2014 in MD
Susan & Karen 2014 in MD
With Irene & Mark in 2014
With Irene & Mark in 2014
Julie & Stewart
Julie & Stewart
Kara & Dan 2018 in MD
Kara & Dan 2018 in MD
At Kara & Dan's in 2018
At Kara & Dan's in 2018
Dan you may kiss your bride!
Dan you may kiss your bride!
Chirag and Misty, Nov. 2018
Chirag and Misty, Nov. 2018
Meaghan & Seamus, Oct 2018
Meaghan & Seamus, Oct 2018
Lauren and Dan 2016
Lauren and Dan 2016
Haley and Jack 2019, Maryland
Haley and Jack 2019, Maryland
Kara & Tyler 2019 Maryland
Kara & Tyler 2019 Maryland
Ron & Jen 2012 OC New Jersey
Ron & Jen 2012 OC New Jersey
Joe and Melissa 2006
Joe and Melissa 2006
OC NJ Ron & Jen 2012
OC NJ Ron & Jen 2012
Chris & Jake in MD 2014
Chris & Jake in MD 2014
hope mike 2014
Rev. Stephen Stahley
Katyana & Paul exchange vows  2014 Florida
Katyana & Paul exchange vows 2014 Florida

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    Terry · Getting married on 08/09/2020

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    Stephen married us in 1997. David and I had both been married before, so we had a special wedding in our home with about 50 family and a few friends. Stephen made the ceremony so special for us. He created such an aura of ceremony right in the living room that every moment was meaningful for us a s a couple.

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    Haley Collis · Married on 04/05/2019

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    Steve is the best!

    We are so happy that we met Steve and he was able to officiate our wedding! He was so helpful leading up to our wedding and full of great advise. He was very professional and helped make us feel as calm as possible leading up to the big day. Steve did a great job at officiating the perfect ceremony, exactly how we wanted it. We both highly recommend Steve!

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    Rev. Stephen Stahley's reply:

    Haley and Jack,
    Thanks so much for your very kind and gracious review. It was such a pleasure to get to know you and Jack and help you prepare for your wedding. The warmth and beauty of your celebration were gifts that touched everyone in attendance on that lovely Friday evening. I will always be grateful for the opportunity you gave me to officiate at that sacramental moment--it reminded me so powerfully of the reasons I became a priest. And meeting your families was a profound joy. Thanks again!
    Steve

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Rev. Stephen Stahley FAQ

  • What is the typical price for your wedding services? $ 750.00
  • Which of the following are included in the price? Ceremony Rehearsal
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services? $ 700.00
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal? Yes
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals? $ 52.00
  • What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)? $ 100.00
  • What types of weddings and events do you provide services for? Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion
  • What services do you provide? Allow Couples' Own Vows
  • What religious affiliations do you serve? Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate? Less than 30 mins.
  • In which states are you licensed? CA, DE, DC, FL, ME, MD, NJ, NY, PA, WV
  • What languages do you speak? English, Spanish

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